Preston North End to replace shirts stolen from great grandfather, 77

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Preston North End have agreed to replace special shirts, stolen from the home of a Preston great grandfather.

77-year-old Roger Hesketh’s home was targeted while he slept, and thieves stole his television, cigarettes, and also two shirts worn by North End players last season.

BURGLED: Roger Hesketh, with great grandchildren Ellie, Kayleigh and Harvey Adair

BURGLED: Roger Hesketh, with great grandchildren Ellie, Kayleigh and Harvey Adair

Police are now appealing for information into the burglary, and club bosses have agreed to present Mr Hesketh with replacement signed shirts.

His granddaughter, Vicki Adair, 32, said: “You can buy last season’s match worn shirts with different badges on them.

“We are all avid North End fans, my uncle works in the tunnel and my mum and my three children all have season tickets, and my uncle had bought those - two of the players had worn them last season.

“My grandad said ‘They will be an investment when they go up next season’.

“They were still in the bag, and they had taken those.

“Those shirts are unique because they’ve got a different badge and the players have got a different badge on the sleeve.”

Vicki, who lives near her grandad in the Fishwick Bottoms area of Preston, said the family was “absolutely livid” about what had happened and said: “I felt a bit guilty because I live across the road so I can keep an eye on him, so I felt terrible it had happened.

“But it’s been nice, we’ve had so much support and so many people sent their wishes, and with PNE saying they are going to replace the shirts it’s absolutely lovely.”

Preston North End general manager Ben Rhodes heard about what had happened, and bosses are now planning to present Mr Hesketh with replacement signed shirts.

Mr Hesketh said: “I was a bit angry at the time, but it’s brilliant that they are replacing them for me.”

The burglary was reported to police on September 18, and is believed to have happened between 1.30am and 10am on that day. A flat screen television and remote control were reported to have been taken, as well as the shirts, some cash, a tablet, some cigarettes, open bottles of spirits and the keys to a car. A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “Anyone who has any information or saw anybody acting suspiciously in the area at the time should contact police on 101.”